Cassia angustifolia is commonly known as Senna, is a perennial plant. The Sanskrit name of Cassia angustifolia is Svarnapatri. The leaves and fruits of this plant are used for making medicines. This herb is mainly used for treating constipation.
Cassia angustifolia is a small, branched, undershrub that belongs to Caesalpiniaceae family. It is also known as Indian Senna or sonamukhi. It is native to Arab, India and some African countries. The plants grow about 2-3 feet in height and have spear-shaped pointed leaves of pale yellowish-green color. Leaves, pods, and seeds are the parts that have important medicinal values. The plant is widely cultivated in southern India. Leaves of Cassia angustifolia are bitter, and sweet in taste.
Cassia angustifolia is used for its laxative and purgative quality. Some of the uses of different parts of Cassia angustifolia are given below:
The dried leaves are used for treating the following conditions:
The pods of Cassia angustifolia are effective in treating several conditions like:
Studies have shown the following medicinal properties of Cassia angustifolia:
Cassia angustifolia is safe when taken orally for a short term. However, it may some times lead to diarrhea, stomach discomfort or cramps. The long-term consumption of Cassia angustifolia in high dose may affect the normal functioning of the bowel movement and may lead to dependency on the laxatives. It may also affect the electrolyte balance in the blood that may lead to heart function disorder, liver damage, muscle weakness, and other harmful effects.
Using Cassia angustifolia safely:
The recommended dose of the herb is 3-6 grams per day. Special care must be taken while using Cassia angustifolia in people with the following conditions:
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Pregnant women should avoid taking Cassia angustifolia. Breastfeeding women should also avoid the herb in high doses as it may secrete into the breast milk and may harm the baby.
Potassium deficiency: An individual who has electrolyte disturbance or potassium deficiency should avoid long-term use of Cassia angustifolia as it may worsen the condition.
Gastrointestinal conditions: People suffering from gastrointestinal conditions, such as intestinal blockage, abdominal pain, ulcerative colitis, stomach inflammation, hemorrhoids, Crohn’s disease, or anal prolapse should avoid taking Cassia angustifolia as it may worsen the conditions.
Heart disease: People suffering from heart disease should also avoid consumption of Cassia angustifolia as it may lead to electrolyte disturbance and worsen the condition.